According to published reports, Citizens Against Spouse Abuse is under investigation by the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).
At issue is whether a $32,000 grant given by the S.C. Department of Public Safety to purchase two vans was instead used for operating expenses.
The Department of Public Safety is the agency that requested SLED start an inquiry.
Sissy Rutherford, who heads the nonprofit’s board of directors, confirmed allegations of mismanagement in an e-mail.
“Citizens Against Spouse Abuse has been serving the counties of Horry and Georgetown for over 30 years, providing a way for abused men and women to break the cycle of domestic violence,” Rutherford wrote.
“As members of the Board of Directors for CASA, we are obligated to monitor the management of resources entrusted to us by individuals, community organizations and government entities. We take this responsibility very seriously. There have been recent allegations of mismanagement within our organization. We are investigating these allegations; however, we are convinced that all funds received by us have been used for legitimate purposes by our employees and volunteers. We believe that after we complete the audit process, we will be able to answer all questions with the facts.”
CASA has temporarily closed its Georgetown facilities, but left its Horry County facilities open.
It was also reported that JoAnne Patterson, CASA’s director when the grant money was received, is no longer with the group.
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